Tell No One(originally in Polish titled ‘Tylko Nie Mów Nikomu’) by Tomasz Sekielski, is a haunting and emotional investigation into the paedophilia scandal surrounding the Polish Catholic Church. It is seen by many as a response to the infamous movie Clergy (Kler) shown back in 2018, which unlike Tell No One was a fictitious story, simply based on the allegations that were coming out in the media. Tell No One is a documentary being shown in cinemas in Poland, but it was also posted by the director on Youtube, and is available to watch with English subtitles (link at the bottom of the article).
The documentary reveals heart-breaking and terrifying truths, coming from victims and the perpetrators themselves. Priests have been molesting young children, especially boys who help serve mass, as they were most vulnerable due to their servitude to the Church. The Church had covered up most, if not all, of these violations, by transferring the priests from one church, or city, to another. As Poland’s traditions are rooted deeply in the Catholic faith, this documentary came as a shock to most, even though the star-studded Clergy from 2018 already caused a wave of controversy to flood the news. Nevertheless, an investigation to the claims made by the 2018 movie strengthens the case against the Church, as it has been reluctant to do much to punish the perpetrators.
Although the international audience may not be up to date with the current situation in Poland, all that you need to know to understand the significance of this documentary, is that the political climate is in chaos, as the far-right political party “Law and Justice” are in power. Furthermore, they too, are reluctant to punish the Church for concealing these crimes. The documentary is worthy of watching to better understand why Poland requires systematic change, and why the Church is being ‘targeted’ – it is difficult to watch, so you should be aware of the fact before deciding to do so. The director uploaded it to Youtube to make it accessible to all, but nonetheless it is not a documentary that you can watch in one sitting and carry on with your day – it is one that may haunt you for a while, as it reveals deeply troubling truths.